Compare 2008 Kia Spectra vs 2008 Ford Focus

2008 Kia Spectra
2008 Ford Focus
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4-Door Sedan Manual LX
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
4-Door Sedan Manual LX 23 30 $12,345 $12,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic LX 24 32 $13,300 $13,895
4-Door Sedan Manual EX 23 30 $13,925 $14,895
4-Door Sedan Automatic EX 24 32 $14,860 $15,895
4-Door Sedan Manual SX 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
5-Door HB Manual Spectra5 23 30 $14,955 $15,995
4-Door Sedan Automatic SX 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
5-Door HB Automatic Spectra5 24 32 $15,890 $16,995
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2-Door Coupe S
Style MPG City MPG Hwy Invoice MSRP
2-Door Coupe S 24 35 $13,569 $14,395
4-Door Sedan S 24 35 $13,900 $14,755
2-Door Coupe SE 24 35 $14,180 $15,225
4-Door Sedan SE 24 35 $14,508 $15,585
2-Door Coupe SES 24 35 $15,404 $16,570
4-Door Sedan SES 24 35 $15,727 $16,925
Pricing
Invoice Price
$12,345
$13,569
Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
$12,895
$14,395
Monthly Payment Estimate
$215 / month
$240 / month
The Car Connection's Take
TCC Rating
6.4
7.2
TCC’s Bottom Line
The 2008 Kia Spectra is still a lot of car for the money, but with it’s a bit outclassed by a host of more refined and updated small-car models. The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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Fuel Economy
City
23 mpg 24 mpg
Highway
30 mpg 35 mpg
Vehicle
EPA Classification
Midsize Compact
Interior Dimensions
Second Leg Room (in)
35.4 36.1
Front Head Room (in)
40.0 39.2
Passenger Volume (ft³)
97.0 93.3
Second Hip Room (in)
53.9 48.3
Front Shoulder Room (in)
55.1 53.5
Second Head Room (in)
38.2 38.3
Passenger Capacity
5 5
Second Shoulder Room (in)
53.9 53.6
Front Leg Room (in)
42.8 41.7
Front Hip Room (in)
52.4 50.4
Exterior Dimensions
Liftover Height (in)
- TBD - 29.1
Width, Max w/o mirrors (in)
68.3 67.9
Track Width, Front (in)
58.9 58.2
Min Ground Clearance (in)
6.3 - TBD -
Length, Overall (in)
177.2 175.0
Height, Overall (in)
57.9 58.6
Track Width, Rear (in)
58.5 58.1
Wheelbase (in)
102.8 102.9
Cargo Area Dimensions
Trunk Volume (ft³)
12.2 13.8
Brakes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
10.8 x - TBD - 10.9 x - TBD -
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Brake ABS System
NA NA
Disc - Rear (Yes or )
NA NA
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in)
NA NA
Brake Type
Pwr Pwr
Rear Drum Diam x Width (in)
10.1 x - TBD - - TBD -
Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes Yes
Fuel Tank
Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal)
14.0 13.0
Steering
Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall (ft)
- TBD - - TBD -
Steering Ratio (:1), Overall
- TBD - 15.8
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft)
33.3 34.2
Steering Type
Pwr Rack & Pinion Pwr Rack & Pinion
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)
2.8 - TBD -
Tires
Rear Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/60R15
Rear Tire Order Code
NA NA
Front Tire Size
P195/60R15 P195/60R15
Spare Tire Size
- TBD - NA
Front Tire Order Code
NA NA
Spare Tire Order Code
NA NA
Trailering
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA 100
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA 1000
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt. (lbs)
NA NA
Weight Information
Base Curb Weight (lbs)
2701 2588
Wheels
Front Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Spare Wheel Material
NA NA
Front Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Spare Wheel Size (in)
- TBD - NA
Rear Wheel Material
Steel Steel
Rear Wheel Size (in)
15 x - TBD - 15 x - TBD -
Cooling System
Total Cooling System Capacity (qts)
6.3 - TBD -
Electrical
Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)
- TBD - - TBD -
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)
- TBD - 110
Engine
Displacement
2.0L/122 2.0L/121
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
138 @ 6000 140 @ 6250
Engine Type
Gas I4 Gas I4
Fuel System
- TBD - SMPI
SAE Net Torque @ RPM
136 @ 4500 136 @ 4250
Engine Order Code
NA 99N
Mileage
EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG)
23 24
EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG)
30 35
Transmission
Trans Type
5 5
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)
0.84 0.77
Trans Description Cont. Again
NA NA
Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Reverse Ratio (:1)
3.25 3.72
Second Gear Ratio (:1)
2.05 2.14
Trans Order Code
NA NA
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
3.84 3.56
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)
1.06 1.03
Trans Description Cont.
Manual w/OD Manual w/OD
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)
NA NA
First Gear Ratio (:1)
3.62 3.67
Clutch Size (in)
- TBD - - TBD -
Third Gear Ratio (:1)
1.39 1.45
Summary
Vehicle Name
Kia Spectra Ford Focus
Body Style
4dr Sdn 2 Door Coupe
Suspension
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear (in)
- TBD - NA
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)
MacPherson Strut NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Front (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front (in)
- TBD - 0.83
Suspension Type - Rear
Independent Control blade
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)
Dual-Link NA
Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear (mm)
- TBD - - TBD -
Suspension Type - Front
Independent MacPherson strut

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